Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Charmed: The Courtship of Wyatt's Father (6.16)

There's nothing explicitly wrong with this episode, but it sure felt like a long-winded journey to its inevitable conclusion. The Courtship of Wyatt's Father mostly involves scenic changes between the real world and the Ghostly Plane, an empty San Francisco colored in perpetual blue haze. We see Piper and Leo on the run from a snarling Darklighter and reigniting their romantic spark in such a major way that Piper gets knocked up in an alley. Classy conception, girl!

Elsewhere, Gideon is exposed as an evil dastardly bastard. Which would have come as a surprise if he wasn't a) British, and b) owner of evil facial hair. Turns out he believes Wyatt's birth has upset the natural order of things and wants to... kill... him? Or something? I don't know. He's just evil. There's also some brief junk involving Chris being helped by a magical negro named Clarence, but it's all too offensive to discuss.

This is one of those episodes that probably works better if you actually care a whole lot about Piper and Leo. However, seeing them gradually 'finding each other's love' once again and getting all angsty and romantic in an alley only bored me to tears. But, like I said already, there's little actually wrong with this episode. It's just a little 'blah', grinding its way to events we were all kind of eager to happen so this story could move on. C+

Guest stars Edoardo Ballerini (Damien); Lou Beatty, Jr. (Clarence); Bruno Gioiello (Darklighter); Derrick McMillon (Doctor); Gildart Jackson (Gideon)
Writer Brad Kern Director Joel J. Feigenbaum


  1. Here are some select things from my review.

    Scene of the episode:

    My favorite scene of this episode is one of the most amazingly-well directed scenes Charmed has ever done. It starts out with the Darklighter appearing in the Manor. The entire scene occurs in slow motion. He shoots an arrow at Leo who orbs away as it flies right past Piper and goes straight at Chris. Then, at the last second, Phoebe pushes Chris to the floor and Paige orbs the arrow straight back into the Darklighter. It’s a fantastic little scene that gives the teaser a perfect ending. Wow.

    Line of the episode:

    Phoebe: What do you mean? She knows about Chris?
    Paige: No. She knows we’re up to something. I can’t believe how hard it is to get two people laid.
    Phoebe: Paige, that is disgusting.
    Paige: Well, it’s what we’re trying to do, right?
    Phoebe: No, we are trying to romance Piper and Leo together so they can conceive Chris, our nephew.
    Paige: And that’s different how?
    Phoebe: Well, because what you said is very Springer, what I said is very Oprah.

    In the end:

    The Courtship Of Wyatt’s Father is an interesting enough episode that, although kind of boring, ultimately succeeds in moving the plot along at a fairly good pace.

    It the scene still as good as I described Max or was I an easily impressed little child at the time?

  2. I can't actually remember. I watched and reviewed this months ago, and I just remember really struggling to discuss it. Season six is horrible in that regard -- it really takes a lot of effort to write anything meaningful, which explains why most of these reviews are so short.

  3. I loved this episode sooo much. probably because I love chris